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Biography: Carmen Lozar

Carmen Lozar

Born in 1975, Carmen Lozar lives in Bloomington-Normal, Ill., where she maintains a studio and is a member of the art faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University. Lozar has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass School, Appalachian Center for Crafts, the Chrysler Museum, and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had residencies at The Corning Museum of Glass and Penland School of Craft. Her work is included in many collections including the Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Wis., and the Museum of Art and Design, N.Y. Lozar was the 2008 keynote speaker and demonstrator at the International Flameworking Conference in Salem, N.J. In fall of 2016, she traveled to New Zealand to present at the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass conference.

“The sculpture I create with glass is meant to inspire and provoke imagination. Telling stories has always been my primary objective. Some narratives are sad, funny, or thoughtful but my pieces are always about celebrating life."

In her September 2013 Instructor Collaborative Residency at The Studio, Lozar worked alongside Amy Rueffert and Jennifer Umphress to explore flameworking techniques. She used flameworked glass sculpture to form a narrative story. “In the same way that illustrations may accompany the story of Little Red Riding Hood, my small sculptures will create their own visual anecdote,” says Lozar. She completed a series of small simple scenes in glass, working collaboratively with Amy and Jennifer for support and creative exchange.